Carnival Rio de Janeiro – Top Places in Rio de Janeiro

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is a world famous festival held before Lent every year and considered to be the biggest carnival in the world. The carnival parade is filled with people and floats from various samba schools. The purpose of the parade is for samba schools to compete with fellow rival schools. Each school chooses a theme to try and portray in their entry. The samba schools, social clubs representing a particular neighborhood, work and practice all year around to build the best floats and costumes to represent their themes, and to include the best music they can from their band called “bateria”.

Carnival Rio de Janeiro - Sambadrome

The Rio Carnival Parade takes place in the Sambadrome, (“Sambódromo Marquês de Sapucaí”, in Portuguese), which was designed by Oscar Niemeyer and built in 1984. It consists of  a 700 metres stretch of the Marquês de Sapucaí Street converted into a permanent parade ground with bleachers with capacity of 90,000 people, built on either side for spectators.

Carnival Rio de Janeiro

Tourists can also participate in the Rio Carnival Parade with a real samba school dressed up with colourful costumes! If you want to join the parade in Rio Carnival, first of all you should get in touch with the samba school you want to be part of it to choose your costume.

Carnival Rio de Janeiro

For further information about “How to participate in Rio Carnival Parade” visit this website: Below, there is a list with the contact and websites of each Samba School in Rio de Janeiro, so you can establish a contact:  

  • Escola de Samba Beija-flor de Nilópolis:

Address: Rua Pracinha Wallace Paes leme, 1.025 – Nilópolis

Phone: 55 (021) 2791-2866



  • Escola de Samba Acadêmicos do Grande Rio:

Address: Rua Almirante Barroso, 5 e 6 – Duque de Caxias

Phone: 55 (021) 2771-2331



  • Escola de Samba Imperatriz Leopoldinense:

Address: Rua Prof. Lace, 235 – Ramos

Phone: 55 (021) 2560-8037



  • Escola de Samba Estação Primeira de Mangueira:

Address: Rua Visconde de Niterói, 1.072 – Mangueira

Phone: 55 (021) 2489-4088/ 2518-8327



  • Escola de Samba Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel

Address: Rua Coronel Tamarindo, 38 – Padre Miguel

Phone: 55 (021) 3332-5823



  • Escola de Samba Acadêmicos do Salgueiro

Address: R. Silva Teles, 104 – Andaraí

Phone: 55 (021) 2288-3065



  • Escola de Samba Unidos da Tijuca:

Address: Clube dos Portuários – Av. Francisco Bicalho, 47 – Santo Cristo

Phone: 55 (021) 2263-9836



  • Escola de Samba Império Serrano:

Address: Avenida Min. Edgar Romero, 114 – Madureira

Phone: 55 (021) 2489-8722/ 2489-5696



  • Escola de Samba Portela:

Address: Rua Clara Nunes, 81 – Madureira

Phone: 55 (021) 2489-6440



  • Escola de Samba Unidos do Porto da Pedra

Address: Av. Lucio Tomé seteira, 290 – Vila Lage Neves – São Gonçalo

Phone: 55 (021) 2605-2984



  • Escola de Samba Acadêmicos da Rocinha

Address: Rua Bertha Lutz, 80 – São Conrado

Phone: 55 (021) 3205-3318/ 3205-3303



  • Escola de Samba Unidos do Viradouro:

Address: Av. do Contorno, 16 – Barreto – Niterói

Phone: 55 (021) 2628-7840



Sambadrome Address: Av. Marquês de Sapucaí, s/nº – Cidade Nova – Rio de Janeiro